The first day of training camp had the usual excitement reserved for football in Green Bay. Fans lining the fences. Kids on bikes. Autograph seekers and those just hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite Packer player. As far as the practice on the field it seemed to be the typical camp opener. Head coach Mike McCarthy did say that he liked the tempo and pace of practice, but he can't be happy about the amount of dropped passes. It's too early to say that rookie RB Eddie Lacy has "stone" hands, but he did drop a couple swing passes that were thrown right to him. Randall Cobb made a dazzling play down the sidelines to beat the defense deep, while both Jordy Nelson and James Jones made a solid catches during the 2-minute drill. Marshall Newhouse started out as the Packers RT, while it seemed as though Alex Green and James Starks split the majority of the carries at RB.
McCarthy also singled out rookie DB Micah Hyde for his play in the secondary. DB Brandon Smith looked like former Packer CB Mike McKenzie wearing #34 and returning one interception the other way, but he was benefitted by the rain a bit when the receiver he was covering, slipped to the wet turf allowing for essentially a "pick-6" down the sidelines. Kicker Mason Crosby has some competition in camp with Matt Tavecchio and it was the challenger who had a better day in crunch time hitting 5-6 FG's, while the incumbent was 4-6. Backup QB reps were pretty evenly split between Graham Harrell and BJ Coleman. No pads yet, so we will all find out more on Sunday. For the first time during any training camp, the staff used "TV" timeouts with music filling the two minute void and it was a nice touch.
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